Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, has been advised that a hydrographic and geophysical survey operation will be undertaken by INFOMAR for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) off the Clare coast and in Galway Bay between the 16th April and 3rd May 2014.

The R.V. Celtic Voyager (Callsign EIQN) is expected to carry out survey operations within the red hatched areas of the image below, bounded by coordinates;

Position                                   Latitude                                         Longitude

NE Corner                             53° 11.520’N                                   009° 1.820’W

SW Corner                            52° 36.798’N                                   010° 27.138’W

NW Corner                            53° 13.527’N                                  009° 36.987’W

SE Corner                              52° 28.428’N                                    010° 0.715’W

The vessel will display appropriate lights and markers. The vessel will be towing a magnetometer sensor with a single cable of up to 100m in length. The vessel will be listening on VHF CH 16 throughout the project.

All mariners are reminded of their responsibilities under the International Collision Regulations and are reminded of Marine Notice No. 17 of 2007, which gives general advice in relation to the activities of vessels engaged in survey work for hydrographic, seismic, fishing research and underwater operations.

The International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are implemented in Irish law by the Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) Order 2012 [S.I. No. 507 of 2012], and the Signals of Distress (Ships) Rules 2012 [S.I. No.170 of 2012], see Marine Notice No. 06 of 2013.